Buffalo releases DD-WRT-based Wi-Fi routers

Buffalo announces the availability of three Wi-Fi routers which come preinstalled with DD-WRT Linux-based firmware, instead of the company's stock firmware.

The front and back of the DD-WRT-enabled AirStation AC1750 from Buffalo.
The front and back of the DD-WRT-enabled AirStation AC1750 from Buffalo. Buffalo

Open source router fans, you don't need to fiddle with installing third-party firmware yourself anymore!

Buffalo announced today a trio of new Wi-Fi router that come preinstalled with the well-known DD-WRT linux-based firmware, including the AirStation AC 1750 WZR-1750DHPD, the AirStation N600 WZR-600DHP2D, and the AirStation N300 WHR-300HP2D.

Using third-party firmware on a router is very similar to installing Linux on your computer instead of using the vendor-provided operating system, such as OS X or Windows. This allows for a new level of openness, security, feature, performance, and flexibility. On top of that, using DD-WRT also allows for a more consistent, vendor-agnostic user experience, since stock firmware is very different from one vendor to another in terms of both the user interface and features.

Among others, some common features of DD-WRT firmware include:

  • OpenVPN, VLAN and full command line root access via Telnet and SSH
  • VPN passthrough
  • Advanced QoS controls for bandwidth allocation
  • WDS wireless bridging/repeating
  • DNS caching
  • Viewable performance statistics to measure bandwidth levels
  • Ability to set up as a Wi-Fi hotspot
  • RADIUS authentication for additional wireless security
  • DHCP server with the ability to create multiple Wi-Fi networks
  • Iptables NAT and firewall

DD-WRT is not geared to home users, though it's quite user-friendly, but rather advanced and professional users who want to get the the most out of their network. Prior to this, you generally have to hack your router to install third-party firmware, which can be a complicated process. Recently, more and more routers support open-source firmware officially and these three new routers from Buffalo are among the first that officially use DD-WRT as its stock firmware in the States.

Apart of this major development, these routers also represent the three tiers of Wi-Fi routers: the WZR-1750DHPD is a true dual-band 3x3 802.11ac router; the WZR-600DHP2D, a true dual-band 2x2 802.11n router; and the WHR-300HP2D a single-band 802.11n router. They are slated to cost $190, $110, and $60, respectively. You can expect the street pricing to be lower, however.

The WZR-600DHP2D is available now so check back soon for CNET's full review on it. The other two are available early next month.

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CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews 3D printers, networking/storage devices, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.


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